What to Expect When You Get Your First Period

FAQ, periods, teens

Getting your first period can be really exciting - and also a little scary. Not to worry, though. I’ve been there, done that, and have some information that will help your first period experience flow smoothly. Girls usually get their first period anywhere between age 11 and 15, but for some it does happen a few years earlier or later. This is normal - your body is just as unique as you are and it knows when the time is right. Knowing the answer to some common questions that girls have when they first start menstruating (which is another way of saying “having your period”) can make you feel less nervous about the changes your body is going through.

What is a period?

Basically, your period happens when your ovaries release an egg that doesn’t get fertilized (sperm is what turns an egg into an embryo, which eventually becomes a baby). Once you start menstruating, you release an egg each month. When that egg doesn’t become fertilized, it dissolves into the lining of your uterus. The lining then sheds. That’s what the blood is that comes from your vagina when you have your period.

How much am I supposed to bleed?

Everyone is different. Some people have heavy periods, while some only bleed a little. The average woman only releases about 2-3 tablespoons of blood every period. Sometimes, your period may be heavier at first and get lighter towards the end. If you have a heavy flow that soaks through your pad every hour for several hours, you should see a doctor.

How often will I get my period?

This depends. The average person gets their period every 28 days. But, ironically, most women don’t have “average” periods. You could start your period every 21 days or every 35 days, depending on your body. Remember, though, that during the first 2 years you have your period, it may be irregular. This is completely normal!

How long will my period last?

Periods can last anywhere from 3 to 7 days. If it lasts longer than a week, you should talk to your doctor just to make sure everything is ok.

Can I still play sports and swim when I’m on my period?

Of course! Your period doesn’t have to stop you from doing any of your regular activities. Just don’t wear a pad to go swimming - it absorbs water and will swell up. Menstrual cups are the perfect option for this!

Does having a period hurt?

While bleeding doesn’t hurt, you may find that you have cramps or a headache a few days before your period. This is called PMS or premenstrual syndrome, something that most women experience. Do some yoga, use a heating pad, or exercise to help relieve cramps.

Will other people know I’m on my period?

Nope! A common concern is that everyone will know you’re bleeding, but this just isn’t true. Period blood has no odor and, despite how it feels, other people can’t tell if you are wearing a pad. Having a period isn’t bad, though, and you should feel free to talk about it with whoever you want.

What if I bleed through my pants?

This happens sometimes. Don’t freak out! Just laugh it off and get to the bathroom as soon as you can to clean up. Keeping an extra pair of pants in your locker might not be a bad idea, as you learn how to manage your period.

Which products should I use on my period?

This is really up to you! Different people choose different things, depending on what they’re comfortable with. Menstrual cups are a great choice - they help you keep your body safe from toxic chemicals and are good for the environment. Other options are reusable or disposable pads and organic tampons. It can take practice getting comfortable with using any of these but after a few months, you’ll be a pro!

Comments
Lunette Team

Hi Cassandra!

Yes, that is a sign! Congratulations! :)

Your periods can be a quite irregular at first so don’t panic :) I’d recommend to track your periods with an app or calendar. The the periods can surprise you, so it keep some menstrual products with you for example at school. If you feel some nausea, stomach ache or back pain don’t worry, it is perfectly normal :)

Good luck and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns! :)

-Meru


Lunette Team

Hi there Shaira!

Awesome to hear that you want to be prepared for your first periods!

Good hygiene is very important, especially when handling the cup. There aren’t specific time for a bath but I believe the best duration is the one that makes you feel good :)

When your periods start make sure you have few pads, tampons or a menstrual cup in you bag. The cycle can be a quite irregular at first and you want to have some products with you if the periods surprises you. It is also good to keep tracking your cycle for example with an app. Calendar works too!

Maybe you’d find interesting to hear how other people feel about their periods? You can ask your friends if they’d got theirs yet and what do they think about periods. It might also be interesting to hear what your mom or other person with periods tells. There are facebook groups and other channels to exchange thoughts with other people as well :)

And remember; periods are something celebrate about! :)

-Meri


Shaira

Give me a steps what will I do first in my first period


Shaira

How many minutes will i take a bath when my first period comes?


Shaira

Will i have to wipe my blood in my face?


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